Kiwis help rebuild schools three years after devastating Nepal earthquake

This week marks three years since the devastating earthquakes in Nepal that killed almost 9000 people and hundreds of thousands of homes, hospitals and schools were destroyed in the quake.

Now the Himalayan Trust New Zealand is in its final stages of re-building schools across the region - thanks to the help of some generous Kiwis.

Thirty six schools across the Everest region have been transformed as part of a $1.5 million rebuild, funded by the New Zealand public.

Himalayan Trust General Manager Prue Smith said in a way, the donations were a way for Kiwis to say thank you. 

"There's a long standing link between New Zealanders and Nepal, dating back to when Sir Ed summited with Tenzing Norgay 65 years ago," she told Newshub.

"The Christchurch earthquake had just been a few years before it. We know Nepalese fundraised for Christchurch and we saw the same thing happen for the Nepal earthquake."

It's the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the Himalayan Trust since Sir Edmund Hillary built the first school there in 1961.

Building materials had to be carried along the steep, mountain tracks by yaks, mules and porters as there was no machinery not even a wheelbarrow. 

All the work was carried out by hand.

"We have used different bands with reinforced concrete to strengthen and reinforce the wall during the earthquake and we have used cement mortar to prevent stones from falling down," said Satya Man Lama, Himalayan Trust Nepal engineer project manager.

The Trust will complete the final eight classrooms in the next two weeks - benefiting more than 7000 children.